South Austin includes the neighborhoods of Travis Heights South Congress (SOCO), Zilker, Barton Hills, Bouldin Creek, and South Lamar (SOLA) and lies just south of Lady Bird lake, across from downtown. The neighborhoods closest to the river are often referred to by their zip code ‘78704’. This area offers many trendy, even quirky, places to live while still retaining its family-friendly feel. South Austin tends to attract artists and musicians, the liberal minded and those who value green-living.
Travis Heights, bordering South Congress, is one of the original urban neighborhoods with homes dating from the turn of the 20th century, mature oak trees and gentle hills. Rolling Hills, mature oaks and city views define this urban neighborhood. Founded in the late 1800s, you often find historical homes mingling with new, modern architecture. Walk to South Congress or Auditorium Shores, or enjoy a day at Stacy Park!
Spanning between South Congress and South Lamar, this neighborhood is right in the middle of everything! Filled with a mixture of historic 1930's homes, modern architecture, homes, duplexes, apartments and condos, there is really something for everyone. Bouldin is bordered on all sides by restaurants, bars and parks and centered around one of Austin's oldest and most successful schools - Becker Elementary School. It is a thriving, family-friendly neighborhood with a hip, urban vibe and ability to walk to almost anything!
Renovated 1940s, 50s and 60s homes fill this urban neighborhood. Bordered by Barton Springs Road and South Lamar (SOLA), Zilker offers lots of dining and entertainment minutes from your door. Zilker park and Barton Springs are just a short walk away and hoping on the lady bird lake trail for a morning workout is the norm.
Beautiful hill country views, an easy walk to Zilker Park and Barton Springs Road, and excellent urban schools make this a very desirable neighborhood for young families. Defined by modern remodels of mid-century homes and a strong community feel.
Due to a high demand for the 78704 lifestyle, South Austin apartments tend to charge a slightly higher rent than other areas of Austin. Occupancy rates here are very high, so finding an apartment in 78704 is tough and it is important to start looking early and if you see an apartment you like, apply for it quickly! With such a rich history, you can find some really cool rentals in South Austin including older homes, renovated mid-century apartments as well as brand-new luxury apartment communities. Want to live right now South Congress? There are multiple apartments right on the SOCO strip!
There are many restaurant choices in South Austin and the area offers great Tex-Mex cuisine with places such as El Gallo. El Gallo has been serving clients for over 50 years with wonderful tacos, tamales, and fajitas in authentic style. For a trendy spin on Tex-Mex one should try Torchy's Tacos a place that is said to serve gourmet food in a taco shell. With offerings such as the Bushfire Taco featuring Jamaican Jerked Chicken, grilled jalapenos, mango, cilantro, and sour cream this is bound to be a delightful eating experience. Another good choice is Waterloo Ice House, a chain of very unique restaurants offering live music. They serve great freshly made burgers and incredible jalapeno poppers.
Clubs and bars around South Austin offer interesting choices like the Continental Club. If you think the name sounds retro, it is. Originally opened in 1957 this club was host to greats such as Glen Miller. The original ambiance has been retained with neon signs and many of the club's customers arriving in vintage cars.
The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar is a fun and funky combination of dining, movies, and special events. With chefs-prepared food and an eclectic genre of film options it provides a memorable experience.
South Austin offers outdoor activities at locations like the South Austin Recreation Center a lovely green area where visitors may enjoy BBQ pits, basketball courts, picnicking, tennis courts, and a playground. Zilker Park & Auditorium Shores not only offer play areas for kids and pet, but many of the cities festivals too! A little further out, the 744 acre McKinney Falls State Park is another opportunity for outdoor activities. Guest may enjoy camping, hiking, biking picnicking, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing.
In South Austin, as in any area, parents will want to investigate the schools. Barton Hills Elementary, Dawson Elementary, and Becker Elementary as well as the local Middle SChool , Fulmore, are all well rated. For girls there is the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a superior girls-only public school for grades 6 - 12. The program requires you to apply and not all applicants will get in.
There are wonderful places to live, good eats, and delightful arts and entertainment all to be found in South Austin. Hip and trendy, but laid-back and green, that's the kind of living that South Austin has to offer!